Croatian National Theatre Ivan Pl. Zajc Rijeka
European Capital of Culture 2020
The opera house of the European Capital of Culture is bringing a real gem to Savonlinna this summer. Jules Massenet's Werther is a delicate, lyrical opera that simmers with late 19th century sensuality.
The team behind the production is sure to impress. Director Fabrizio Melano devoured opera librettos since he was 10 years of age, abandoned his university career for opera, worked for New York’s Metropolitan Opera for 30 seasons and has directed singers from Callas to Scotto, Pavarotti and Domingo. (Not to mention that he founded the Japanese restaurant Cho Cho San in Manhattan, which was famed for its Puccini sushi.) He delivers a slick and minimalist interpretation of Werther.
The director Melano has discovered Slovenian Aljaž Farasin for the role of Werther. The role of Charlotte will be sung by Ivana Srbljan.
Director and sets Fabrizio Melano
Set designer’s assistant Carry Lee Hent
Conductor Kalle Kuusava
Costumes Manuela Paladin Šabanović
Lighting design Dalibor Fugošić